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Miss Boyton, Wilton, New Hampshire, c. 1830

Miss Boyton, Wilton, New Hampshire, c. 1830

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Miss Boyton, in a blue dress and wearing strands of black beads, is from the Egan Collection, and she was exhibited and illustrated in "A Loving Likeness: American Folk Portraits of the Nineteenth Century," in the Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb in 1992, text by Marna Anderson.

Under "Anonymous Artists", one small group of hollow-cut silhouette and watercolor portaits is placed near similar portraits by unknown artists referred to as the Puffy Sleeve Artist and the Red Book Artist. A descriptive name such as the previos examples have not been assigned to this artist, although the work is equally distinctive stylistically. I have had examples with initials from all these artists, and any dated work I have ever seen has been done in 1831. They represent people from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine.

Like many others, she is in a stamped brass frame and measures 4 3/8 by 5 and 1/4 inches.